GLEN RICHMOND, MBA

BEFORE ATTENDING ROYAL ROADS UNIVERSITY, GLEN WAS A SENIOR MANAGER AT THE VANCOUVER POLICE DEPARTMENT, A COMMANDER OF THE CANADIAN ARMY RESERVE, AND AN ASSISTANT CHIEF-OF-STAFF FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE.

For some, three titles might be enough, but at 50 years old, Glen still wanted more out of his working life, as he felt like he’d reached a point in his career where he couldn’t advance any further. Having not completed his degree earlier on in life, he saw going back to school as a way of finishing what he started, and a necessary step toward new opportunities.

When researching options, Glen found the flexible approach to admissions at Royal Roads to be just what he was looking for, as he was able to go directly into the MBA program without having to earn his Bachelor’s Degree first.

“At Royal Roads, they look at the fact that there are busy people who don’t have the time to take the traditional post-secondary education route to upgrade their credentials. So, they offer folks like myself, who are more experienced in the working world, the opportunity to take our skills the next level.” 

During the program, Glen worked closely with his peers in small teams. The idea, he says, is that you have a set group of people to work with, just like in the real world, who you can draw inspiration and knowledge from and grow alongside. You learn not only from books, but in a real-world oriented atmosphere, from and with the people around you.

“The quality of students you work with at Royal Roads is second to none. They are captains of industry or mid- to senior-level managers with vast work experience.”

For Glen, many of these students have become lifelong friends and professional contacts, integral to his success. The comradery during his residencies was among his most enjoyable experiences at Royal Roads.

In the end, what started as a way to continue a journey of learning, ended up being the key to opening a whole new door for Glen; after receiving his Masters Degree in Business Administration, he realized how much broader his horizons had become, and decided he wanted to help others reach their full potential. So, he became an Associate Professor at Royal Roads University in the school of Executive Education and, now, also holds the position of Vice-President for the Greater Vancouver Chapter for the Association of Change Management Professionals.

When looking back at his experiences at Royal Roads, Glen sums them up as being truly life-changing. Now, instead of thinking outside the box, he recommends throwing the box away entirely, and creating your own possibilities.